We inhabit a global village. You can live in Andorra, yet telephone your friends in Australia, log in to a computer in Argentina and watch live American football. The only things which separate us are our timezones. Once maps of the world had ‘here be dragons’ at their edges; now we can see images of the Earth from space over the Internet.1 We are living in a shrinking world, but it is not shrinking uniformly. There may be few square kilometres of the populated world without a television aerial, but there are many without a telephone.
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- 1a.Images of the earth available on the Internet: You can see live (half-hour update) meteorological images of the Euro-African hemisphere at: http://www.ccc.nottingham.ac.uk/pub/sat-images/meteosat.htmlGoogle Scholar
- 1b.LandSat and EarthSat both have an Internet presence. At the time of publication their pages contain only stills and project information, but no live feed (at least not for public access!): http://geo.arc.nasa.gov/esd/esdstaff/landsat/landsat.html, and http://www.earthsat.com/Google Scholar
- 1c.The US Geological Survey EROS Data Center keeps an online catalogue of data sets on the Earth’s land surfaces: http://sun1.cr.usgs.gov/glis.glis.htmlGoogle Scholar
- 1d.All the above can be reached through the book’s web page: http://www.springer.co.ukGoogle Scholar